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Lidoderm

Last reviewed on RxList: 8/7/2020
Lidoderm Side Effects Center

What Is Lidoderm?

Lidoderm (lidocaine patch 5%) is a local anesthetic used to relieve nerve pain after shingles (infection with the herpes zoster virus). This type of pain is called post-herpetic neuralgia. Lidoderm is available in generic form.

Common side effects of Lidoderm include

  • irritation,
  • redness,
  • swelling,
  • blisters,
  • numbness, or
  • changes in skin color at the site of application.

Contact your doctor if you experience serious side effects of Lidoderm including

Dosage for Lidoderm

Apply Lidoderm to intact skin to cover the most painful area. Apply up to three patches, only once for up to 12 hours within a 24-hour period.

What Drugs, Substances, or Supplements Interact with Lidoderm?

Lidoderm may interact with anti-arrhythmic drugs, or other local anesthetic products. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use.

Lidoderm During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Lidoderm should be used only when prescribed during pregnancy. This medication passes into breast milk. While there have been no reports of harm to nursing infants, consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Additional Information

Our Lidoderm (lidocaine patch 5%) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • severe burning, stinging, or irritation where the medicine was applied;
  • swelling or redness;
  • sudden dizziness or drowsiness after medicine is applied;
  • confusion, blurred vision, ringing in your ears; or
  • unusual sensations of temperature.

Common side effects include:

  • mild irritation where the medication is applied; or
  • numbness in places where the medicine is accidentally applied.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Lidoderm (Lidocaine Patch 5%)

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Lidoderm Professional Information

SIDE EFFECTS

Application Site Reactions

During or immediately after treatment with LIDODERM (lidocaine patch 5%), the skin at the site of application may develop blisters, bruising, burning sensation, depigmentation, dermatitis, discoloration, edema, erythema, exfoliation, irritation, papules, petechia, pruritus, vesicles, or may be the locus of abnormal sensation. These reactions are generally mild and transient, resolving spontaneously within a few minutes to hours.

Allergic Reactions

Allergic and anaphylactoid reactions associated with lidocaine, although rare, can occur. They are characterized by angioedema, bronchospasm, dermatitis, dyspnea, hypersensitivity, laryngospasm, pruritus, shock, and urticaria. If they occur, they should be managed by conventional means. The detection of sensitivity by skin testing is of doubtful value.

Other Adverse Events

Due to the nature and limitation of spontaneous reports in postmarketing surveillance, causality has not been established for additional reported adverse events including:

Asthenia, confusion, disorientation, dizziness, headache, hyperesthesia, hypoesthesia, lightheadedness, metallic taste, nausea, nervousness, pain exacerbated, paresthesia, somnolence, taste alteration, vomiting, visual disturbances such as blurred vision, flushing, tinnitus, and tremor.

Systemic (Dose-Related) Reactions

Systemic adverse reactions following appropriate use of LIDODERM are unlikely, due to the small dose absorbed (see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY, Pharmacokinetics). Systemic adverse effects of lidocaine are similar in nature to those observed with other amide local anesthetic agents, including CNS excitation and/or depression (light-headedness, nervousness, apprehension, euphoria, confusion, dizziness, drowsiness, tinnitus, blurred or double vision, vomiting, sensations of heat, cold or numbness, twitching, tremors, convulsions, unconsciousness, respiratory depression and arrest). Excitatory CNS reactions may be brief or not occur at all, in which case the first manifestation may be drowsiness merging into unconsciousness. Cardiovascular manifestations may include bradycardia, hypotension and cardiovascular collapse leading to arrest.

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Lidoderm (Lidocaine Patch 5%)

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© Lidoderm Patient Information is supplied by Cerner Multum, Inc. and Lidoderm Consumer information is supplied by First Databank, Inc., used under license and subject to their respective copyrights.

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